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The Sims 4 rated 18+ in Russia for the “protection of children”

Sunday, 11th May 2014 23:45 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The Sims 4 has received an adults only rating in Russia, presumably for its optional depiction of same-sex relationships.

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According to a couple of Tweets on the official Russian Sims account, as spotted by Ars Technica, the sandbox sim has been “prohibited for children”, “in accordance with the law number 436-FZ ‘On the protection of children from information harmful to their health and development.’”

This particular law dates back to 2010 and has been amended several times, including a 2012 update criminalising reference to non-heterosexual sexual orientations.

The Sims has included same-sex relationships since inception, a fact GLAAD referenced in its criticism of Nintendo’s handling of Tomodachi Life’s lack of representation.

As Ars Technica notes, piracy is rampant in Russia, and as such the rating is unlikely to keep the game out of the hands of Internet-savvy youth.

Internationally, The Sims generally receives in the teenage ranks; none have ever been rated as high as Australia’s MA15+ rating, and have received assessments as family friendly as 6+ in Germany.

Thanks, Joystiq.

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3 Comments

  1. silkvg247

    The way Russia is going, gay folks will be the next Jews and Putin the next Hitler.

    #1 5 months ago
  2. silkvg247

    The most devastating thing about this kind of law is that kids know when they’re gay. Some realise a lot younger than others. Imagine growing up as a gay person where a country believes that you are associated with an R18 in a GAME.. and that you are considered to be harmful to other children.

    Gay teen suicide rates soar.. WP Putin.. problem solved am I right?

    #2 5 months ago
  3. Legendaryboss

    Won’t someone please think of the children!

    #3 5 months ago

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